Kenneth J La Valley, Ph.D.

Kenneth J La Valley, Ph.D.

Dean & Director of UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Oversee the Administrative Leadership Team for UNH Cooperative Extension as dean and director
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
  • Member of the Policy Advisory Committee for the NH Sea Grant College Program
  • Member of the UNH Research Council
  • Member of the UNH Grants Management Advisory Committee


I have been a member of the Administrative Team, since 2010 as a Program Leader, Associate Director for Programs and currently the Dean and Director. I am also the Associate Director of Outreach, for the newly formed School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. I have also held the position of Associate Director of the NH Sea Grant College Program.

From 2004 through 2010, I worked as a Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture State Specialist and Extension Faculty member. As an Extension Associate Professor I developed and implemented marine fisheries and aquaculture extension programs as well as conducted applied research, taught undergraduate courses (BIOL 411, ZOOL 412, ZOOL 503 and ZOOL 998) and advised undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Current Research

  • Gill-net selectivity in the Atlantic cod and pollock fisheries.

Educational Background

  • 2005 PhD, Environmental Science (Fisheries) URI
  • 1996 MS, Fisheries Aquaculture and Veterinary Science URI
  • 1993 BS, Honors Zoology UNH

Professional Associations

  • American Fisheries Society 2004 to present
  • National Sea Grant Fisheries Theme Team 2006 to 2012
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 2007 to 2009
  • World Aquaculture Society 2007 to present
  • National Shellfisheries Association 2008

Program Specialty Areas

  • Seafood Safety
  • Commercial fisheries and gear selectivity
  • Bivalve aquaculture
Ken La Valley
Taylor Hall
59 College Road
Durham, NH 03824